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This looks like solid reasoning for how to clean up these tags and keep them distinctly useful. Thanks for taking that on!


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That tag wiki should definitely be improved, but not because people are answering questions without understanding the system. Tag wikis aren't --and shouldn't be-- for explaining how a system works. And people who answer without understanding the system being asked about? They won't be reading a tag wiki anyway. Just downvote them and move on. That said, ...


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History lesson: D&D includes supplemental material detailing “psionics,” a form of supernatural power distinct from “magic.” Something along these lines appears somewhere in each numbered edition of D&D. Instead of Vancian spell slots, psionics uses a point-based system. Narratively, it is a much more “internal” form of power, projected from a mind ...


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There's a mix of factors here, some of them coincidence, some of them the effects of automated processes running on our sites. If you look up tag descriptions on other sites you'll find lots of different formats people use, including this one and others: here's some links to tag pages on Meta Stack Exchange, Academia, Stack Overflow, Serverfault, and Game ...


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The most universally convincing argument I've heard for not pasting into tag wikis is simply that tag wikis have a pretty specific purpose (clarifying the sort of question they should be attached to), and it's next to impossible that any text from another source will be written with that purpose in mind. We could debate legal exceptions until the Sun burns ...


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I went ahead and changed the arcane-archer tag info to the following: For questions about Arcane Archers, a character archetype which combines magic or spells with archery or similar ranged weapons. See in particular the character option with the same name for several editions of D&D and Pathfinder. And included some bullets with those specific ...


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No, tag wiki edits shouldn't be rejected for this reason A good tag wiki is one matter; whether the tag should exist or not is another. The matters simply don't relate. “I don't think this tag should exist” is just not a valid reason to reject an edit to its wiki. Review the tag wiki edit based on the edit's own merits. Assume the tag will stay even if you ...


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The psychology tag is honestly probably not that useful to us and should be burninated. It originated with a question actually asking about the practice of psychological therapy. That question was based on some significant misinformation. Arguably it's actually completely off topic: answering it takes knowledge about the practice of psychological therapy, ...


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Character development is a narrative term: it's literally developing someone's character further. That means learning more about them through expressing new things, or their character changing their ideas or behaviours, among other things. It's not mechanical, so it's not covered by those tags, although it may have mechanical ramifications sometimes. One ...


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Yes, I am satisfied. For new users, the chances of any of them (informed by my own experience) to put deep thought into which tag to use is nil. Thus, as new users do or don't use tags correctly, many of us who moderate as the community does will add or subtract tags, this one included, in order to help as we assist new users in various ways. For ...


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Probably something like this instead: For questions about the components that go into spells, or how they get involved in spellcasting. In Dungeons & Dragons, those components are usually materials, words, and/or motions. The tag wiki excerpt's main job is to guide people in how and when to use the tag, and to help them work out whether the tag fits ...


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I have a feeling that we should look at two separate aspects that fall under the tag as described by ASR: Portraying a mental health issue of a character, either how to do it in general or in a way that is respectful. e.g. playing a character that has a trait named Schizophrenic/Depressive/Anxious/Compulsive/... or is clearly depicting such a mental health ...


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Yes. We should update it. We also use the tag to discuss the closure of questions in contentious cases or to double-check one's reason for a closure of a question that they think might need closure. I think this would do the job: This tag is for posts looking to raise meta discussions about specific closed questions or the closure of a specific question, as ...


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It's okay to use both magic and spells together. We have 79 questions doing that. If a question is about magic, we tag it as magic; if it's about spells, we tag it as spells; if it's about both we tag it as both. That tag's guidance doesn't seem right and doesn't correlate to how we use our tags. I think it was trying to say “don't tag everything that is ...


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"Yes, leave it alone." It ain't broke, don't fix it. (Note that the question specifically called this out as an acceptable answer. It is the correct answer, so I'm giving it.)


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This tag has been discussed many times before. It's good, but like most things on the site, there may be room for improvement. When I consider a situation where I want RAW responses, I want: An answer that explains the rule as written. An answer that mentions notable interactions between the question and rules it may commonly interact with. An answer that ...


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I don't know if this is how it started, but it may have been partly my doing/continued by me... A lot of the tag wikis I have seen previously just described the subject of the tag - that is, the thing the tag is named after (e.g. an RPG, or the concept of metagaming, or characters, etc.) - rather than detailing how the tag is meant to be used (e.g. for ...


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Here's what I think is the case. Questions using this tag are covering one of these categories: Questions about the D&D miniatures game, and we should rename the tag to dnd-miniatures-game to make it clearer: What does the symbol on the bottom of a WotC miniature mean? Pre-painted Miniatures for D&D other than from Wizards (also probably a game-...


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I've added usage guidance for the following tags in that list: bloodline For questions related to special bloodlines (such as vampiric, draconic, etc) and gameplay or narrative features related to them. inquisitor For questions about the Inquisitor, a Pathfinder 1e divine class. (All 16 questions in this tag are also Pathfinder 1e questions; we can ...


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If you have a question about a specific tag, you should ask about it specifically. To me, this question seems like it is pretty difficult, maybe impossible, to give a really good answer to that isn’t “depends on the tag”. So that’s why I’m going to offer: it depends on the tag and the context. The better approach is, I think, to just discuss concerns we have ...


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The psychic tag is not being used for a specific class. Instead, it seems to have been used for the psychic system of magic in pathfinder. Which means it should probably be renamed into psychic-magic. Of the 8 questions, only 3 have to specifically do with the psychic class (1 of which is a duplicate created by an impatient asker of one of the other ...


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With respect, this does not deal with legitimate use of copyrighted material under the fair use (17 U.S. Code § 107) or fair dealing (Commonwealth) doctrines which, given we are an English language site, pretty much covers the field. Under these doctrines, copyright material may be used if it meets the respective criteria. Both Wikipedia and the OGL as US ...


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Edited for take 2: Dungeon World is a fantasy RPG system with an emphasis on at-the-table creativity and clearly defined rules for players and GM's. It was inspired by Vincent Baker's Apocalypse World system, and shares much of Apocalypse World's mechanics and design philosophy. A print run was funded in 2012 via a Kickstarter investment. The rules can be ...


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For an idea of what kind of material I think should be in here, this is the first draft of the wiki and excerpt I've come up with. Main features: Tries to emphasise that this isn't for just being new, it's for problems that are inextricably about being new. This is hard to get across except with examples, I think, so it's the weakest part of the draft. ...


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